Keynote Speakers


edt conference keynote speaker

Robert J. Barro, PhD

Robert J. Barro is Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics at Harvard University, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and a B.S. in physics from Caltech.

Barro is co-editor of Harvard’s Quarterly Journal of Economics and has been President of the Western Economic Association and Vice President of the American Economic Association. He was a viewpoint columnist for Business Week from 1998 to 2006 and a contributing editor of The Wall Street Journal from 1991 to 1998. He has written extensively on macroeconomics and economic growth.

Recent research involves rare macroeconomic disasters, corporate tax reform, religion & economy, empirical determinants of economic growth, and economic effects of public debt and budget deficits. Recent books include Religion and Economy (forthcoming with Rachel McCleary), Economic Growth (2nd edition, with Xavier Sala-i-Martin), Nothing Is Sacred: Economic Ideas for the New Millennium, Determinants of Economic Growth, and Getting It Right: Markets and Choices in a Free Society.




edt conference keynote speaker

Ned W. Hill, PhD

Dr. Edward [Ned] Hill teaches economic development policy, public policy and public finance in both the Glenn College and the City and Regional Planning section in the College of Engineering’s Knowlton School of Architecture.

Before coming to Ohio State, Hill was dean of the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University for eight years and was Professor and Distinguished Professor of Economic Development.

He serves as nonresident senior fellow of The Brookings Institution, where he is affiliated with the Metropolitan Policy Program. He was chair of the Advisory Board of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) from 2007 until 2010. His appointment to the Board ended in April 2014, making him the board’s longest serving member.
He has edited Economic Development Quarterly and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Planning Association. His latest co-authored book, Economic Adversity and Regional Economic Resilience, is expected to be published by Cornell University Press in 2016.
Crain’s Cleveland Business recognized Hill’s work in 2012 when he was listed in its Who’s Who, 150, Names to Know in Northeast Ohio. Hill is listed in Crain’s 2014 Power 150. Gov. Taft appointed him to Ohio’s Urban Revitalization Task Force, Gov. Strickland named him to the Automotive Industry Support Council, Gov. Kasich placed Hill on the state’s manufacturing task force, and former Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives Bill Batchelder appointed him to the Cooperative Education Advisory Board of the Ohio Board of Regents.
Hill holds a doctoral degree in economics, urban and regional planning, a Master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in economics and urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania.




edt conference program keynote speaker

Eugenio Leanza

Since 2007 he is Head of Division - JESSICA and Investment Funds (EIB) Before joining JESSICA, Eugenio Leanza was Head of Division in the Directorate for Lending Operations in Europe covering operations in Italy, Malta and Cyprus Department and Deputy Head of EIB Banking Sector in the Credit Risk Department. Between 1987 and 1991, he was a specialist in corporate lending, convertible warrants/bonds operations, and industrial groups restructuring at Mediobanca, Milan. He holds an Honours Degree in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan and is a Chartered Accountant. is research affiliation and expertise lie in the area of Urban Planning, Urban Development, Urban Sustainability and City Planning.

Other keynote speakers will be announced in due course.